Here's a quick way you can check the activation status of a Windows 7 computer. Simply hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press the BREAK key to open the View Basic Information About Your System page of the System utility in Control Panel. Then scroll to the bottom of this page and view the activation info displayed there. If you see "Windows is activated" then everything is OK, otherwise you need to activate Windows before the grace period expires on your system.
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